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August 30, 2012
MUSIC Steve Martin may have built his career as a one-of-a-kind, surrealist stand-up, but his most recent turn as a bluegrass musician is no laughing matter. Paired with the group Steep Canyon Rangers, Martin's deft banjo playing goes from a left-field accessory on his '70s comedy albums to front and center on the 2011 album "Rare Bird Alert," and even though there's no comedy on this bill you're sure to go home with a smile. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. $55-$85 http://www.ticketmaster.com .
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February 13, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Pledge-break messages tend to be something that public television and radio audiences tolerate rather than welcome, but Steve Martin is riding to the rescue with a witty clip he shot for PBS stations to air during fundraising campaigns starting next month. “Hi, Steve Martin again,” he says at the top of the clip. “You know I'm not just asking you to make a pledge to PBS. I'm also asking my celebrity friends. Right now I'm going to text Tom Hanks, my big celebrity friend.” The response Martin reads when his cellphone dings isn't quite what stations look for, but the bit refreshingly avoids the stiff testimonials that typify these campaigns.
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August 6, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
When Steve Martin asked singer-songwriter Edie Brickell to come up with lyrics for one of the banjo melodies the comic, actor and writer had composed in his latter-day career as a bluegrass musician, she was intrigued but unprepared for the new understanding of her own life the effort would produce. "It inspired so many memories of my early upbringing in Paris, Texas," Brickell, 47, said in a recent phone interview along with Martin, her current tour partner with whom she'll perform Wednesday at the Hollywood Bowl and highlight material from their collaborative album, "Love Has Come for You. " "It made me remember the way my family talked to one another, the dogs on the porch - it seems like all the animals lived outside rather than inside," she said.
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August 6, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
When Steve Martin asked singer-songwriter Edie Brickell to come up with lyrics for one of the banjo melodies the comic, actor and writer had composed in his latter-day career as a bluegrass musician, she was intrigued but unprepared for the new understanding of her own life the effort would produce. "It inspired so many memories of my early upbringing in Paris, Texas," Brickell, 47, said in a recent phone interview along with Martin, her current tour partner with whom she'll perform Wednesday at the Hollywood Bowl and highlight material from their collaborative album, "Love Has Come for You. " "It made me remember the way my family talked to one another, the dogs on the porch - it seems like all the animals lived outside rather than inside," she said.
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February 13, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Pledge-break messages tend to be something that public television and radio audiences tolerate rather than welcome, but Steve Martin is riding to the rescue with a witty clip he shot for PBS stations to air during fundraising campaigns starting next month. “Hi, Steve Martin again,” he says at the top of the clip. “You know I'm not just asking you to make a pledge to PBS. I'm also asking my celebrity friends. Right now I'm going to text Tom Hanks, my big celebrity friend.” The response Martin reads when his cellphone dings isn't quite what stations look for, but the bit refreshingly avoids the stiff testimonials that typify these campaigns.
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April 3, 2011
Beginning April 2 Dig This Where: Rancho Drive (West of the Strip) Highlights: Visitors get to relive their sandbox days using full-size earthmoving equipment. Info: (888) 344-8447, http://www.digthis.info Through Easter Hop Into Spring Where: Ethel M Chocolates (Henderson) Highlights: Indulge in handmade chocolate Easter eggs and other delights while enjoying a factory tour. Info: (702) 435-2655, http://www.ethelm.com Through May 8 Carnival in the Garden Where: Bellagio Conservatory Highlights: Filling the air are the scents of daises, hydrangeas and tulips, planted surrounding a whimsical carousel and a Ferris wheel.
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October 1, 2011
Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" will celebrate its 25th anniversary this weekend with a lavish birthday party that will certainly involve someone swinging from a chandelier. Producers will broadcast on Sunday a live performance of the show from London's 5,500-seat Royal Albert Hall to movie houses in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, Japan and Australia. The live performance — one of three shows at the hall — will be followed by rebroadcasts to cinemas on Wednesday, Thursday and Oct. 11. Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess, who co-starred in the "Phantom" sequel "Love Never Dies" in London, will reunite for the special production.
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May 3, 2011
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November 18, 2010
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August 9, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Arguing the success or failure of a Guy Clark album at this point is like critiquing the aesthetics of an armadillo. The Texas-born, longtime Nashville singer, guitarist and songwriter, who over four decades has written songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Kenny Chesney and dozens of others, is a fact, a truth all his own. “My Favorite Picture of You,” his sturdy new album, sees the 71-year-old crafting lyrical works that, though drawn...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2012
MUSIC Steve Martin may have built his career as a one-of-a-kind, surrealist stand-up, but his most recent turn as a bluegrass musician is no laughing matter. Paired with the group Steep Canyon Rangers, Martin's deft banjo playing goes from a left-field accessory on his '70s comedy albums to front and center on the 2011 album "Rare Bird Alert," and even though there's no comedy on this bill you're sure to go home with a smile. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. $55-$85 http://www.ticketmaster.com .
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2011
Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" will celebrate its 25th anniversary this weekend with a lavish birthday party that will certainly involve someone swinging from a chandelier. Producers will broadcast on Sunday a live performance of the show from London's 5,500-seat Royal Albert Hall to movie houses in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, Japan and Australia. The live performance — one of three shows at the hall — will be followed by rebroadcasts to cinemas on Wednesday, Thursday and Oct. 11. Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess, who co-starred in the "Phantom" sequel "Love Never Dies" in London, will reunite for the special production.
TRAVEL
April 3, 2011
Beginning April 2 Dig This Where: Rancho Drive (West of the Strip) Highlights: Visitors get to relive their sandbox days using full-size earthmoving equipment. Info: (888) 344-8447, http://www.digthis.info Through Easter Hop Into Spring Where: Ethel M Chocolates (Henderson) Highlights: Indulge in handmade chocolate Easter eggs and other delights while enjoying a factory tour. Info: (702) 435-2655, http://www.ethelm.com Through May 8 Carnival in the Garden Where: Bellagio Conservatory Highlights: Filling the air are the scents of daises, hydrangeas and tulips, planted surrounding a whimsical carousel and a Ferris wheel.
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May 13, 2009 | Carolyn Kellogg
"I'm very sorry for the late start," Steve Martin said as he took a seat onstage Monday night at Club Nokia at L.A. Live. "If I were you, I'd hate me by now." Judging by the burst of laughter, all was forgiven -- even though the proceedings were a bit bumpy at the L.A. Public Library's first fundraiser in the downtown entertainment center. VIPs got stuck on the sidewalk, all but missing a pre-party; crowds bottlenecked at entryways; and the show was delayed 30 minutes. But people had paid $25 to $250 to see Martin talk and play banjo, and they weren't going to let a few snafus ruin the evening.
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January 10, 2012
"Vertigo" leading lady Kim Novak said Monday that she feels violated because music from the Alfred Hitchcock film is used in "The Artist," the French black-and-white homage to the silent-film era. The 78-year-old actress said in a statement released by her manager that "The Artist" filmmakers had no reason "to depend on Bernard Herrmann's score from 'Vertigo' to provide more drama. " Even though Herrmann was given "a small credit at the end," she believed "this kind of filmmaking trick to be cheating.
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